Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Softly The Evening Came

These are all pictures of the mountains that surround Cody, and all of the pictures were taken close to where we live, about four miles outside of town.
One of the things that always amazes me about weather in Cody is the rain patterns.
It is extremely common to watch narrow bands of rain coming over the mountains and appearing to be heading directly towards us..
Usually the bands are narrow but sometimes they are wide, and probably fifty times since we have arrived back in Cody I have been confident that we would get rain.
Rain which we desperately need.
And then I have watched in amazement as these wide and narrow bands of rain inevitably circle in one direction or another around the mountains, never dropping even on drop of rain on the ground where we live.
These pictures (taken in the back yard) were snapped during one of those occasions.
I watched the rain bands coming from the west convinced that we would finally get some rain, and stood at the edge of the yard looking out over a hundred different lights and shadows that had settled into the mountains.
The rain never even came close to us, and instead again circled around us..................
A picture of the side of the yard, showing the moon in a still blue sky and the old wagon that I love so much.
BLM land in the background - the killing fields that I wrote about the last time we were here is located up on the hill (and just off a rutted out jeep trail) in between the two poles in the picture.
LC and I have driven up on BLM land once since we got back (the day he shot the rattle snake) but I have neither walked nor run nor biked since we got back.
Partly because of the snakes.  Partly because I have not worked out in over three months and I am still not certain when I will return to it.....................
Beautiful sunsets are a nightly occurrence, and (as with the pictures of the rain bands above) the changing light as the sun drops lower and lower on the horizon makes the entire landscape a continually changing adventure.
I love this picture.
It was also taken behind the house.....................
Carter Mountain also photographed from behind the house.
The brown building in the foreground is our neighbor's barn....................
One day, early in the evening I walked with Jamie to the end of the road and back.
She happily sniffing and marking and barking at random bunnies, and me taking pictures.
On this day the sky was a combination of puffy white clouds, dark ominous looking clouds, and sunshine.
For a short while the sun shining through the clouds produced beams that extended from the clouds seemingly all the way down to the ground.
The photographs do not do it justice - they show only small portions of the beams, when in reality the beams extended over a huge swath of land and produced an effect that I had never seen before.................
And one last look at sunset behind the house...............

Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden wand o'er the landscape;
Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together...............Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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